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COVID Claim Decision Update

» Posted April 5, 2022Karen J. Gibson, Phillip A. SibleyArticles, Newsletters

On April 12, 2022, attorneys Phil Sibley and Karen Gibson from our Macon office, received the Appellate Division Award affirming a prior Administrative Law Judge decision on the first COVID-19 claim brought to a hearing in Georgia. We are pleased to report that the Appellate Division found that the Administrative Law Judge was in the best position to determine the weight of the evidence and affirmed the prior decision in its entirety. What this means for our clients, is that as of now, COVID-19 is still not recognized as a compensable work-related injury by the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation.

Opposing Counsel does have the right to appeal this decision to the Superior Court and if that happens, we will continue to argue that COVID-19 is not a compensable work-related injury. As far as we know, no other law firm has brought a COVID claim to a hearing before the courts and we are delighted to have established such agreeable precedent. We will continue to keep our clients informed as the law develops in this area.

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